Artist interview with emerging artist, Joko Art
In the second half of 2016, a speciality coffee house in Brisbane opened its doors to local & international artists. The shop is situated in the Fortitude Valley on the main boulevard. Although small, the venue holds your attention from the street, with a sturdy oak church pew next to the door. Crossing the threshold patrons, artists, vouyers, coffee fanatics & foodies alike are welcomed into a tiny cafe rich in smells, sounds, tastes & visuals.
In celebration & support of emerging artists in Brisbane we wanted to have a little chat to the creators that call Reverends home for a few weeks.
Q What medium do you work with most?
A I work with acrylics, fine liner pens & ink
Q When did you stop giving a shit about what people think & started making art for yourself?
A I can narrow it down to October, but if you want a more specific answer it would be when I stopped focusing on what my peers were doing and started focusing on what I should be doing
Q What do you want to learn/ how do you want to evolve as an artist in 2017?
A I want to expand my repertoire in every sense of the word. I want to grow my brand & reach a wider audience. I want to be hitting walls & drawing more. I want to start creating designs for t-shirts & socks. Oh & I want to do a bit of graphic design work too
Q Which artists or themes do you find yourself referring back to when you make new work?
A When I need inspiration or if I've hit a wall Ill look at Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Ill flick through books or other mediums. If Im struggling with painting I will read a poem or watch a movie. I refer to alternative mediums a lot
Q What do you hope to achieve through your art? Professionally & personally
A Professionally I want to be the next big thing, but doesn't everyone? Personally I want to be good at a "thing". I don't know how to word this but art is a stepping stone. Its a platform that will lead me to do other things
Q What is your biggest fear as an artist?
A Not being accepted in my home town in regards to my art. Ive found my past & who I am as a person effects peoples judgement of me & my art. In Brisbane its easy because no one knew me before coming here.
Q What do you do to fund your artwork?
Q What is your biggest artistic achievement/most proud of?
A Having someone that doesn't know me personally buy one of my paintings
Q Hopes for the future?
A More JOKO everywhere
Q Shameless plug?
A Joko_arrt on Instagram